Designing an office space is no easy matter these days. The different working methods employed by different teams per person or task creates many challenges. The modern workplace is currently in full development, and the focus is increasingly on the employee. The “one size-fits-all” design actually doesn’t fit any more.
BDO The Hague
Take, for example, the new BDO office in The Hague. Interior architect, M+R interior architecture, designed the building interior. Interior Group, working with Keijsers Interiors, was responsible for the implementation. We designed the reception area and entrance desk, and we built the library, kitchen areas and the striking acoustic phone booths. Our website has great photos of these cells in which you can quietly take a phone call without being bothered by the ambient noise. Of course, greenery is a requirement in an office building too, so we built enormous planters and strategically placed them all around.
The flexible office trend started a few years ago. Multi-functional workspaces will nearly become standard in 2020. A dynamic office now requires a high degree of flexibility. This is called for from employees, as well as the interior. The mobile elements, acoustic workplaces and telephone booths are good examples of this. Many different seating areas were also developed for the design. This dynamic flexibility really is the next step. It brings a completely new generation of moveable, multifunctional, lightweight and ergonomic elements together in almost any space so they can be used in several ways. Rooms can be converted easily from a meeting room to quiet, private workplaces.
The resurgence of wood
Wood is making a comeback. This material is one of our specialities. Happily, many companies take sustainability and the environment into account. The use of wooden desks, wall panels, flower boxes and other functional furniture fit this ideal perfectly. Of course, the origin of the wood is very important.
Creating a team spirit
The world is becoming increasingly digital, especially at the moment. Remote working has increased the need for inviting and comfortable flex workplaces. With social rooms such as an attractive restaurant, library, bar or fitness room, you can enhance team spirit when not working from home.
The unconventional workspace
We define unconventional workspaces as spaces that previously would not even be considered as a workplace. For example hallways, window seats, and even open space under the stairs. Technological developments have allowed many employees to get away from their desks. All they need is an internet connection and an electrical outlet. This trend also fits the growing need to sometimes work in silence, away from one’s own desk. And of course, many storage systems have become redundant due to digitisation. We are all in favour of the flex workplace.
These trends in the design and construction of office furnishings are all reflected in the new BDO office in The Hague. The combination of design and customised implementation can be seen in these photos. Our strength lay in the combination of design, professionalism, craftsmanship, and uniqueness. The architect, installer and client have ensured it has become a beautiful workplace.